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Louisiana man pleads guilty in 1985 pet cemetery slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:50

St. Bernard Sheriff's Office photo of Brandon NodierBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who had long been a suspect in the brutal 1985 slaying of woman at a secluded pet cemetery where he worked as a groundskeeper pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter in her death, authorities said. Brandon Nodier, 60, agreed to a 10-year sentence as part of a plea agreement in the death of Dorothy Thompson, who was strangled in rural St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans, before her chained body was dumped in the Mississippi River, St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Colonel John Doran said. "Ten years is better than none." Thompson, who was 61 at the time of her death, had been the owner of the pet cemetery.

AP Interview: Ukraine blames Russia for crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's U.N. ambassador said Thursday that the Malaysian airliner would not have crashed if Russia hadn't given pro-Russian separatists a sophisticated missile system that can hit planes.

Car submerged in New Jersey lake; driver dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:41
LAWRENCE, N.J. (AP) — An accident involving a dump truck and a car has sent both vehicles into a southern New Jersey lake, submerging the car and killing its driver.

Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:38

In this June 5, 2014 photo, a man rides a bike through the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue.

Washington state says marijuana brownies OK, but no lollipops

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:37

Cookies shaped like marijuana leafs are pictured at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put the drug in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules. Washington became the second U.S. state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults on July 8 when its first retail stores opened under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in 2012. The state's Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling sector, published the guidelines on Wednesday for the packaging and labeling of marijuana edibles. It prohibited any products, labels or packaging designed to be especially appealing to children, including lollipops and suckers, gummy candy and jelly beans.

Longtime Apple director steps down from board

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the most trusted advisers to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is retiring from the iPhone maker's board of directors.

NJ officer struck and killed by truck, driver arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:30

NJ officer struck and killed by truck, driver arrestedA police officer in New Jersey was killed early Thursday morning in a traffic wreck while on duty, and the driver of the tractor-trailer that hit him has been charged.

Body discovered in area of Northern California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:27
(Reuters) - A body has been discovered in an area where a wildfire allegedly started by a marijuana grower has charred 10,700 acres (4,330 hectares) in Northern California, officials said on Thursday. The so-called Bully Fire broke out last Friday in Shasta County near the town of Redding and has destroyed 18 structures, authorities said on a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire) website. The body was discovered on Wednesday near a home and the person appears to have died soon after the blaze broke out, Cal-Fire said in a statement. The fire's location in a remote canyon, along with high winds and dry conditions due to ongoing drought, made the Bully Fire difficult to fight, Cal-Fire officials said earlier in the week.

Official: Fewer kids detained recently at border

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:09

Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Kevin Oaks speaks to reporters at the new intake facility built to help alleviate overcrowding at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The McAllen Monitor, Joel Martinez)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol has detained fewer unaccompanied children entering South Texas illegally in the past 10 days, agency officials said Thursday.

Police: Body of girl, 5, in vacant trailer home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:50
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The body of a missing 5-year-old girl was found Thursday in a vacant mobile home near her apartment, and her death is being investigated as a homicide, Gulfport police said.

Ex-Black Panther sentenced to 20 years for 1980s hijacking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:44

William Potts speaks to reporters outside Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, before boarding a plane to the U.S.By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former member of the Black Panther Party who hijacked a commercial airplane and forced it to fly to Cuba nearly 30 years ago was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday by a federal judge in Florida. William Potts Jr., 57, will be eligible for parole in about seven years, under the ruling by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore. Potts returned to the United States in November 2013 after spending almost three decades in Cuba, including 13 years in prison, after forcing a Piedmont Airlines flight to go to Havana in 1984. "He has served a very long sentence in a prison that is known for being one of the worst hell holes on the planet,” Potts' attorney, federal public defender Robert Berube, said.

2 Fla. cases of mosquito virus contracted in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:41
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Health officials are reporting that for the first time, U.S. mosquitoes are spreading a virus that has been tearing through the Caribbean.

Warden fired over prisoner's 2012 scalding death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:37
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A warden and two of his assistants were fired because the investigation of an inmate who died in a scalding shower was taking too long, prison officials said Thursday.

Military did not support fixing Afghan exit date: U.S. commander

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:36

U.S. Army soldiers prepare to board a CH-47at Forward Operating Base Muqar, AfghanistanU.S. military officials would have preferred the United States not announce a date for ending its troop presence in Afghanistan, as the White House did in May, the outgoing commander of U.S. forces there said on Thursday. General Joe Dunford, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, was asked at a Senate committee hearing whether President Barack Obama's announcement that almost all U.S. troops would be gone by 2017 had damaged morale among Afghan soldiers.

Wisconsin man pleads not guilty in suitcase bodies case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:35
By Brendan O'Brien ELKHORN Wis. (Reuters) - A former police officer pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of stuffing the bodies of two women into separate suitcases and dumping the luggage in a roadside ditch in Wisconsin. Steven Zelich, 52, is charged with two felony counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County, about 50 miles (80 kms) southwest of Milwaukee, and investigations into the deaths of the women are continuing in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, and Olmsted County, Minnesota. Zelich did not appear in the courtroom during the brief hearing but through a closed-circuit video from Walworth County Jail, where he wore an orange jumpsuit. Zelich's attorney, Travis Schwantes, told reporters after the hearing: "There's still a lot more to be told.

California homeowners warned about brown lawns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:35

Michael Korte and his wife Laura Whitney, pose outside their home lawn in Glendora, Calif., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The Southern California couple who scaled back watering due to drought received a letter from the city of Glendora warning that they could face fines if they don't get their brown lawn green again. They are told if they don't revive the lawn they could be hit with up to $500 in fines and possible criminal action. City Manager Chris Jeffers says the couple has not been cited and called it a friendly letter prompted by a neighbor's complaint. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.

Texans plead guilty to stealing more than 50,000 pieces of mail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:31
Two Texans pleaded guilty to stealing more than 50,000 pieces of mail and then removing checks, credits cards and other items from letters that they turned into cash and merchandise, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday. Charles Hattenbach, 39 of Temple, Texas, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of conspiracy to steal mail, one count of bank fraud, one count of theft of government property and three counts of aggravated identity theft, they said. His co-defendant, Kathryn Hubbert, 28 also of Temple, pleaded guilty last month to similar charges. They could receive up to 30 years in a federal prison for bank fraud, up to five years for conspiracy to steal mail, up to 10 years for theft of government property and consecutive two-year federal prison terms for each aggravated identity theft charge, they said.

New homes built for families in Point Breeze

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:30

New homes built for families in Point BreezeHabitat for Humanity along with more than 50 volunteers came together to build affordable homes for low-income families in Point Breeze.

Florida judge strikes down voter-approved same-sex marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:28

People hold signs at a gay rights rally following the U.S. Supreme Court strike down of the Defense of Marriage Act, in Fort LauderdaleBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A county judge in Florida struck down on Thursday the state's gay marriage ban, the latest in a string of court rulings across the United States voiding state laws that restrict the right of same-sex couples to marry. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, whose jurisdiction includes the Florida Keys, ordered the Monroe County Clerk of Court to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next Tuesday. While the ruling applies to only one Florida county, it marks the first decision in several court cases across the state challenging a same-sex marriage ban approved by Florida voters in 2008. Garcia ruled in favor of two male bartenders living in Key West seeking the right to marry, saying Florida's gay marriage ban violated their rights to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.

Judge sets new Dec. 8 trial date for James Holmes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:25
DENVER (AP) — Defendant James Holmes had been scheduled go on trial in October, but District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ordered a delay because a doctor requested more time to complete Holmes' second sanity evaluation.